For anyone that uses the beautiful park in St Andrews, Bristol. We want to keep it beautiful and an asset for the local people and those who travel from further away to enjoy activities including paddling, sliding, walking, scooting, running or just sitting!

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Bristol Parks Forum

Posted by Jo Corke on July 4, 2020 at 13:34 16 Comments

Bristol Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

You can find their website here  In the Meetings section you will find the…


Lichens in the Park

Posted by Jo Corke on November 18, 2019 at 17:02 8 Comments

Welcome to the Lichen Blog.  

The lichens in the park are doing well on trees trunks, branches, fences and even on the concrete and some of the paths.  Lichens often favour just one or two of these habitats.

The high winds (Nov 2010 and…


membership of the website

Posted by Fo SAP on October 31, 2019 at 8:30 0 Comments

For information: Anyone can apply to join the website; the applications are looked at to try to ascertain if they are real or spam, and mostly we spot spammers.

However Abiola made a reasonable application and was admitted; that proved to be a mistake.

Please ignore any messages from that person.

Thanks to those who have already contacted us.

We have deleted that person.

Jo Corke

BCR Community Partnership

Posted by Fo SAP on September 18, 2019 at 13:56 2 Comments

BCR CP Next meeting Wednesday 20th November, 7pm - 9pm

at Redland Parish Halls, Redland Green Road

This Community Partnership is for the…


Street Scene

Posted by Fo SAP on August 21, 2018 at 11:53 0 Comments

Street Scene

The BCR Street Scene Group is a group of local volunteers who work, together and separately, to

  • spot and report problems, such as overflowing waste bins, ‘fly-tipping’, graffiti tagging, pot-holes, roads that need sweeping. dog fouling, hedges that…

wildlife area

Posted by Alison Griffies on June 26, 2018 at 13:45 1 Comment

This piece in the Guardian's Country Diary is very apt: all about Moon Daisies of which there are many in the wild area of the park

BCC freeze on non-essential spending.

Posted by Fo SAP on December 2, 2016 at 18:12 1 Comment

  We have received the following message from Gemma Dando, BCC there is particularly disappointing news about the Head of Parks role. Three members of the BPF committee had taken part in the recent recruitment process.




Pesticides in Parks

Posted by Fo SAP on November 12, 2016 at 17:00 2 Comments

During 2016 BCC conducted some trials of glyphosate-free maintenance of parks and open spaces.

St Andrews Park volunteered to trial no glyphosate treatment of the Spiral florals near the Leopold Road side of the park.

An interim report on the trial has been produced by BCC.

This is also a  …


FoSAP Constitution V7

Posted by Fo SAP on October 13, 2016 at 10:43 1 Comment

Attached is the current Version 7 agreed at the AGM 15.4.14

This version has 2 addenda:

1. (25.2.14) outlining the Role of the Secretary

2. (11.10.16) Protocol for contact with Bristol City Council (BCC) officers.

If you have any comments you can raise them by emailing or commenting on this Blog.



pond gate repairs

Posted by Jo Corke on September 15, 2016 at 15:47 2 Comments

The park pond gate has been repaired.Thanks to Sarah Tyler, our efficient liaison link at BCC. 

Have a look over the fence and you can see that some tadpoles are still with us; others have already left for pastures new.


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Jo Corke commented on Fo SAP's photo

Tree felling 20.6.20

"Hi Paul,Trees: the council does not routinely replace trees in the park. Any replacements which they allocate have to be sponsored. A crowdfunding by Doug Reid, a Friend of the Park, raised sufficient money to replace three trees quite…"
Paul Reddish commented on Fo SAP's photo

Tree felling 20.6.20

"I was sorry to see the trees disappear from the Maurice Rd edge of the park. Are there any plans to replace them. It's a shame to lose 4 flowering trees. I'm sure the insects would agree. In springtime each year, litle children had lots of…"
Jul 4
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Newsletter 277 In this update:  Play Areas in Bristol Open Monday 6th July Ecological Emergency Meeting Volunteering Updates on Zoom West of England Nature Partnership Future Parks Community Events Bristol Parks Survey  "
Jul 4
Robert liked Jo Corke's photo
Jul 3
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Newsletter 276. In this update:  Making Parks Count - The Case for Parks Ecological Emergency Meeting – Sat 27th June 10am to 11.30am Parks Volunteering Updates on Zoom"
Jun 26
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Newsletter 275: In this update:  Ecological Emergency Meeting – Sat 27th June 10am to 11.30am. Sad News Volunteering Update 25 Years of Local Nature Reserves in Bristol"
Jun 22
A photo by Jo Corke was featured

Water lily June 2020

White water lily in the foreground and the tall Ranunculus lingua, the Greater spearwort, with yellow buttercup flowers behind. The first tadpoles now have their legs, so please tread carefully around the pond area.
Jun 20
A photo by Fo SAP was featured

Tree felling 20.6.20

BCC Tree Officer noted 5 trees that were moribund or dead earlier this summer.These have all been felled. Four trees were on the Maurice Road boundary. The two near St Bart’s church were Prunus padus, Bird cherries; those lower down were unspecified…
Jun 20
Jo Corke left a comment for Robert
"Welcome to the website Robert. I'm glad you like the park and especially the pond; we love it. We have volunteer group to do tasks like clearing the pond regularly; at present (C-19) we are not doing any group work, but if you want to be added…"
Jun 19
Robert is now a member of Friends Of St Andrews Park
Jun 14
Robert liked Jo Corke's group Wildlife group
Jun 13
Jo Corke commented on Jo Corke's blog post Bristol Parks Forum
"Newsletter 274: In this update:  Volunteering Update Operations Manager – North Friends of Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve A Park Group for Ashton Court? My Wild North Bristol? Redland Green Tree Trail Update from the National Federation…"
Jun 10

Wellington bomber memorial appeal - a fitting success

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the successful appeal.

The total income after we receive the final instalment from Bristol City Council will be £5,173.03. Of this we spent £3,982.87. The cost of the memorial itself, including installation, was £3,932.50.

This will leave us with the sum of £1,190.16 for maintenance and improvement to the memorial site area.

The £1,190.16 will be kept in with the FoSAP current account, but treated as ring-fenced funding.


Further information about the Wellington bomber that crashed into St. Andrews Park on 30th April 1941 can be found here

Video footage of the memorial service can be found here:


Bristol Parks Forum

Bristol Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for community park groups and organisations in the city with an interest in their local parks and green spaces.

Thanks to all those who signed the petition - Save Fay’s cafe


Bristol Weather

FoSAP would like to thank Bishopston Matters for their continued support.


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